Cameron Chisholm Nicol’s centrally located office above the Hay Street Mall in Perth is lead by four directors, three associate directors and three associates. Every project has a dedicated team led by a Director who is the primary point of contact. Our size and low staff turnover ensure we can confidently offer continuity of service on all concurrent projects, and deliver integrated design solutions with efficiency.
Key Team Members
Dominic Snellgrove is the Managing Director of Cameron Chisholm Nicol, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary architectural practice working across sectors including residential, commercial office, education, health and well-being, aged care, sport and entertainment, hospitality + leisure and retail.
Since joining Cameron Chisholm Nicol in 2004, Dominic Snellgrove has been instrumental in developing the Practice’s strong design culture and commitment to client service. Dominic has over 30 years of architectural experience in London, Berlin, Sydney and Perth. His project sector experience includes urban design, multi-residential, commercial, hospitality and leisure, education and sports and entertainment.
Dominic was the Cameron Chisholm Nicol Project and Design Director for the Perth Arena, a joint-venture collaboration with Melbourne-based architects ARM. Perth Arena has been recognised with numerous industry awards including the George Temple Poole Award (WA’s highest state design award) and the Sir Zelman Cowen Award (the highest national design award for public architecture).
He has overseen the design and delivery of numerous mixed use multi-residential projects in Perth City and throughout the Perth Metro area including the award-winning Pocket Apartments at Claremont Oval (AIA Harold Krantz Sate Award) and Heirloom Apartments in Fremantle. (The Gerry Gauntlett State Award for Conservation and Adaptive Re-use)
He Chairs several Local Authority Design Review Panels including the City of Fremantle, the City of Melville and Canning Bridge Activity Centre, the City of Wanneroo, and the City of Cockburn. He is also a member of the WA State Design Review Panel and the Development WA Design Review Panel.
Project Awards The Pocket 2017 WA Architecture Awards – The Harold Krantz Award for Residential Housing – Multiple Housing Heirloom by Match 2017 State Heritage Awards: – The Gerry Gauntlett Award – Conservation and Adaptive Re-use Award 2017 WA Architecture Awards: – Commendation – Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Perth Arena 2013 AIA Awards / National: – The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture – The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture 2013 AIA Awards / WA Chapter: – The George Temple Poole Award for best building overall – The Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture – Architecture Award for Interior Architecture – The Colorbond® Award for Steel Architecture World Architecture Festival Awards – Shortlist – Sports category Sheffield House 2009 AIA Awards / WA Chapter: – Architecture Award – Sustainable Architecture 30 The Bond (whilst Project and Design Architect at LendLease) 2005 National and NSW Property Council of Australia Rider Hunt Property Awards 2005 Australian Institute of Architects Awards / National – Commendation for Interior Architecture – Commercial Buildings and Energy Efficiency/ESD 2004 Architectural Bulletin NSW – Building of the Decade
Director / Practice Manager
Gavin has over 43 years’ experience as an Architect and is currently a Director (13 years) and the Practice Manager (15 years) at Cameron Chisholm Nicol (CCN). He has gained extensive experience across a broad range of project sectors including retail, education, commercial, multi-residential, entertainment, defence and industrial. Gavin’s expertise comprises all phases of delivery, from brief inception and finalisation through design, contract documentation, tendering, and contract administration to project completion.
Using the above-mentioned expertise, knowledge and understanding he has worked collaboratively with the CCN “Design Team” to prepare yield and feasibility studies involving master planning and site concepts for over 40 potential and real projects. Throughout his career Gavin has also worked on more than 20 shopping centre projects. His strengths of excellent management skills and attention to detail complements the provision of Advisory Services involving Due Diligence and Expert Witness Reports for our clients. Gavin also provides ongoing advice on contractual and technical matters to colleagues within the practice.
As Quality Assurance Manager Gavin strives to maintain and improve the quality of systems, standards, services, and outputs across all operational levels of the practice and on projects. This includes a strong commitment to achieving quality outcomes that align with client budgets and programs.
An advocate of on-going staff training and mentoring, he provides leadership by encouraging a rigorous approach to project delivery including the use of in-house developed systems for monitoring, controlling, and mitigating risk. Gavin continues to be an active examiner on behalf of the Architects Board of WA, a role which spans more than 27 years.
Over a thirty-five-year career Keat has worked with some of Perth’s most renowned design firms across project sectors including residential, commercial, mixed use, education, and public architecture. He is widely recognised for his rigorous pursuit of design excellence. Prior to joining Cameron Chisholm Nicol, he was principal design architect on numerous award-winning projects including the The Pocket apartments at Claremont on the Park, Association for the Blind WA, TVW Telethon Child Health Research, Barrack Square Redevelopment, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, and Glendalough and Stirling Stations. Keat has extensive experience in a range of building typologies, with a focus on master planning and urban design of large residential and commercial mixed-use projects. He has worked with property developers such as Frasers Properties, Match Group, Georgiou, Iris Residential and PrimeWest. He has consulted with government departments including Development WA, OGA, MRA, DPLH and various local council departments which have informed his deep understanding of planning and urban design issues and how to facilitate optimum design and commercial outcomes. Project Awards The Pocket, Claremont 2017 AIA Awards / WA Chapter: – The Howard Krantz Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing All Saints College Performing Arts Theatre (whilst at Parry and Rosenthal) – 2013 AIA (WA) Commendation, Public Buildings – 2013 AIA (WA) Architecture Award, Interior Architecture Barrack Square Redevelopment (whilst at Hames Sharley) – 2002 RAIA (WA), Civic Design – 2002 Australian Institute of Steel Construction Design Award TVW Telethon Institute of Child Health Research (whilst at Cox Architects) – 2000 RAIA (WA), Architecture Award, Public/Institutional Mandurah Cultural Centre (whilst at Hames Sharley) – 1998 RAIA Commendation, Civic Design Bankwest Joondalup (whilst at Hames Sharley) – 1996 RAIA (WA), Commercial Design Glendalough Station (whilst at Cox Architects) – 1993 RAIA (WA), Public/Institutional Stirling Station (whilst at Cox Architects) – 1993 RAIA (WA) Award of Merit, Public/Institutional – 1993 RAIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings
Peter has over 30 years of national and international experience in the master planning, design, documentation, contract administration and project management of complex multi-million dollar developments. These include major health, sports and entertainment, industrial, educational and multi-residential projects. Peter joined Cameron Chisholm Nicol as an associate in 2006 after moving to Perth from Sydney, and became a Director in 2009.
In the government sector, Peter has recently consulted to the State on the new Perth (Optus) Stadium, New Children’s Hospital and the Karratha Health Campus, and has delivered various health projects for the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI) and other ongoing regional health projects. Peter was also the Project Architect for the Perth (RAC) Arena project from 2005-2012 and was Project Director for the recently completed Toodyay Recreation Precinct featuring an Aquatic Centre, Community Pavilion, rectangular playing field and multiple outdoor courts. Peter is also leading several High-school additions and refurbishment projects for State schools.
In the private sector Peter is Project director for the Southcare Mankara Retirement living project, a mixed use multi-residential project complying with liveable Housing aging-in-place principles and featuring apartments designed to provide accommodation to NDIS-High Physical Support standards. Peter also leads Stage 4 of the St James Anglican School development in Alkimos, featuring a new senior school block and drama and stage additions to the gymnasium. Peter was also previously Project Director the Pluslife bone and Tissue laboratory and has lead several workplace and logistics projects for Western Power, including Vasse Depot which was the first of a rollout of new depots designs based on innovative workplace safety and efficiency principles.
Prior to joining Cameron Chisholm Nicol, Peter has lead multi-residential projects across Australia, working in collaboration with leading national developers and architects to deliver several $60m+ multi-residential and mixed-use developments and has international experience on commercial projects in the UK and Europe.
Peters passion for urban design and planning resulted in Peter being appointed to Urban Planning Committee of the Property Council of Australia WA chapter from 2009-2016. Peter was subsequently appointed as an Alternate Specialist Member of the Joint Development Assessment panels (JDAP) in 2019-2020.
Peter’s community volunteering roles included 6 years on the committee of the East Fremantle Junior Football club, including 3 years as club President from 2017-2019.
Peter has strong leadership, management and communication skills. He is a lateral thinker with an intuitive design sensibility and a passion for quality design outcomes that synthesise functional efficiency with an expression of key purpose and place.
Craig is a creative design architect with expertise in solving complex architectural briefs across a broad range of building typologies. Prior to joining Cameron Chisholm Nicol, Craig was responsible for concept design and team leadership on award-winning projects around Australia including the Silky Oaks Resort in Far North Queensland, the Karijini Visitor Centre in the Pilbara, Rydges Perth Hotel and 2 Victoria Avenue in the Perth CBD. At Cameron Chisholm Nicol Craig has built a substantial portfolio of multi-residential and commercial work. Recently completed projects include the Helm boutique apartments in Port Coogee, and the Bravo commercial office at Perth Airport. Craig is passionate about good design and about Perth’s evolution into a more compact and cosmopolitan city, with all the benefits that well-designed civic spaces and higher-density development can deliver. He has been Design Architect for projects including the re-development of Forrest Place for the City of Perth, the award-winning Agonis Civic Place in Gosnells, and the Town of Kwinana’s Community Resource and Knowledge Centre. Craig has a talent for resolving design challenges with clarity and legibility, and a flair for hand drawn sketches that help articulate his vision. This is appreciated by clients, who benefit from his creative and commercially-astute approach. Project Awards Helm, Port Coogee 2015 AIA Awards / WA Chapter – Commendation, Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Forrest Place, Perth (whilst at Woodhead) Planning Institute of Australia – 2014 National Planning Great Place Award QT Hotel, Gowings and State Theatre Buildings, Sydney (whilst at Woodhead) 2013 AIA Awards / NSW Chapter – Francis Greenway Award for Creative Adaption in Heritage Architecture Cevue Apartments, Scarborough (whilst at Woodhead) – 2011 Property Council of Australia 2011 Innovation and Excellence Award for High Density Residential Development. 2 Victoria Avenue, Perth (whilst at Woodhead) 2010 Australian Institute of Architects Awards / WA Chapter: – The Ross Chisholm Award for Commercial Architecture – The Walter Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture Karijini National Park Visitor Centre (whilst at Woodhead) 2001 Australian Institute of Architects Awards / National: – Commendation, Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture – BHP Colorbond Steel Award 2001 Australian Institute of Architects Awards / WA Chapter – BHP Colorbond Steel Award Rydges Hotel, Perth (whilst at Woodhead) – 1997 RAIA WA Chapter 1997 Merit Award for Recycling – RAIA National Commendation for Recycled Buildings
Deborah is a senior project architect and one of Cameron Chisholm Nicol’s key young leaders. She has managed and delivered complex projects across a range of types and budgets, and has extensive experience in design development, documentation and contract administration. Deborah’s experience includes three years leading a large architectural team on the documentation of the $550m Perth Arena, where her organisational and leadership skills were integral to the project’s successful delivery. Most recently she was project architect on the adaptive re-use of the Dalgety woolstores, which have been re-purposed into the Heirloom apartments. She also recently delivered the City of Perth’s C-grade Office Study. Current projects include confidential defence projects and a large multi-residential development at Leighton Beach. Deborah is the current chair of the AIA Heritage Forum, and Deputy Chair of the Property Council’s Sustainable Development Committee. She is committed to sustainability in architecture and has been a speaker at GBCA events. Deborah has tutored at the University of Western Australia, and mentored students from the both the University of Western Australia and Curtin University. She established and manages the mentor scheme at Cameron Chisholm Nicol, and plays an important role in supporting the career development of young architects. Project Awards Heirloom by Match 2017 State Heritage Awards – Winner / Conservation and Adaptive Re-use – The Gerry Gauntlett Award for outstanding achievement in the category 2017 WA Architecture Awards – Commendation / Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Perth Arena 2013 National Architecture Awards: – The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture – The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture 2013 WA Architecture Awards: – The George Temple Poole Award for best building overall – The Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture – Architecture Award for Interior Architecture – The Colorbond® Award for Steel Architecture World Architecture Festival Awards – Shortlist – Sports category Industry roles Chair – AIA Heritage Forum Deputy Chair – Property Council Sustainable Development Committee Mentee – Property Council’s 2016 Women in Property Mentoring Program Participant -100 Women in Property initiative Media Ten from Ten / The Architect / Autumn Winter 2017 Deborah Binet Profile / Builder’s Choice December 2015
Jackson is a Senior Project Architect with over 15 years’ experience gained across multiple sectors including mixed-use, commercial, retail, multi-residential, health, education and transport. Since joining the practice in 2014, he has capably led teams on a number of schools under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement and some of CCN’s largest and most complex designs including;
- Amara City Gardens Booragoon for Iris Residential,
- Shenton Quarter for Iris Residential and Primewest,
- 194 West Coast Highway, Build to Rent for Sentinel
- Shoreline Site 1, 2 and 3 for M/Group, and,
- Cirrus Apartments and Clubhouse at Bull Creek for RAAFA WA.
Cirrus Apartments and Clubhouse has just recently been completed, Shenton Quarter is under construction and Amara is scheduled to commence construction in the new year 2021. Jackson’s contribution to these projects led to his appointment as an Associate in 2017 and Associate Director in 2020.
Prior to joining Cameron Chisholm Nicol Jackson worked on several complex projects for the government agencies including BMW, DoE, DoH and the PTA. Projects included the Skills Centre at the Central Institute of Technology (which was WA’s first 6 Star Green Star Green building) and 16 primary schools under the Federal Government’s BER initiative. Health projects include the Osborne Park Hospital upgrade and the Christmas Island Hospital extension. Jackson has maintained a good working relationship with the PTA and worked extensively on the Butler Train Station and a number of station platform design and upgrade works. He currently works as a Project Engineer (PE) for the PTA on the Mandurah multi-storey car park and also been recently assigned a PE role for the future Canning Bridge Bus Station.
Jackson has worked within multiple design guidelines and planning frameworks under different Local Government Authority requirements. He has extensive knowledge and understands the attributes to achieve design excellence. He also understands construction processes, complex staging procurement and contract administration issues. He is passionate about contemporary, sustainable architecture and believes every project has the potential for innovation and quality design.
Irold van der Sar
Irold is an experienced project leader who has worked on a range of projects both in Perth and internationally. Since joining Cameron Chisholm Nicol in 2010, he has undertaken senior roles on projects across sectors including commercial, health and aged care, and multi-residential. Most recently Irold was Project Architect delivering construction and tender documentation for the Empire, Perry Lakes multi-residential development and the Mika boutique apartments at South Beach. Prior to Cameron Chisholm Nicol, Irold was engaged as an architectural expert for ING Real Estate in The Netherlands, consulting on their 3,5 billion euro development portfolio. At the acclaimed Dutch architecture firm Cepezed, Irold was involved in innovative projects such as the extension of the Dutch Textile Museum, a municipal pool and the redesign of Europe’s largest city square in Sint Niklaas, Belgium. Irold has also worked on projects in Switzerland and The Caribbean. Irold is a thorough Project Leader who understands commercial parameters and is sensitive to the interests of stakeholders. He is passionate about creating elegant, innovative buildings and is a highly organised individual with strong team leadership skills. Irold holds a Master’s degree from Delft University of Technology and is an alumnus of the 2008 Glenn Murcutt Masterclass. Project Awards Mika – 2016 AIA (WA) Architecture Award, Multiple houses Leeghwater Municipal Pool, Purmerend (NL) (whilst at Cepezed, NL) – 2004 Swimming Pool of the year, category of more than 200.000 visitors / year Urban renewal Train station + Central Square Sint Niklaas (B) (whilst at Cepezed, NL) – 2005 European Lighting award – 2005 Principal award, public space – 2004 Flemish urban renewal prize Bicycle parking 750 bikes, Sint Niklaas (B) (whilst at Cepezed, NL) – 2005 Belgium Steel award / concours construction acier, non residential buildings Thesis, Cruise and Cargo Terminal St.Maarten (Dutch West Indies) – 1999 Student Steel Award, 2nd Prize Award Nominations Dutch Textile museum, Tilburg (NL) (whilst at Cepezed, NL) – 2010 National Steel Prize – 2009 BNA Building of the year 2 level carpark, 1600 bays, Genk (B) (whilst at Cepezed, NL) – 2008 Belgium Steel award / concours construction acier Honourable Mentions Dutch Textile museum, Tilburg (NL)(whilst at Cepezed, NL) – 2012 European Museum of the year Urban renewal Train station + Central Square Sint Niklaas (B) (whilst at Cepezed, NL) – 2004 Flemish urban planning prize Distribution centres Royal Dutch Mail (18 locations, NL) – Urban quality prize, Zuid Holland, industrial buildings and offices – National steel prize, industrial buildings
Ben is a Project Leader with over ten years of experience across all stages of architectural design and delivery. Prior to joining Cameron Chisholm Nicol, Ben worked at a practice specialising in international resort design. Whilst there he was involved in commercial, residential and hospitality projects in Australia, the Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia and Barbados. These include the Brookwater Golf and Spa Residential Resort in Queensland, the Sky City Resort Hotel in Darwin, the Bale Resort and Residences in Port Douglas, and the refurbishment of the Hyatt Regency in Perth. With a focus on innovation in thinking, making and design, Ben is passionate about the challenge of creating built environments for a sustainable future. He has recently presented workshops on sustainable renovation and site planning to the public on behalf of the City of Cockburn. Ben has high-level communication, problem-solving and leadership skills and a good knowledge of building codes and legislation. He is a valued team leader appreciated for his thorough approach and attention to detail.
Ivan is an experienced project leader and key member of our defence and multi-residential teams. Across 14 years with the practice, he has developed sound capability across all stages of delivery, from schematic design to on-site contract administration. Recent projects include the HMS Stirling Redevelopment Stage 3A at Garden Island, and two ASKAP control centres at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. He has worked on large apartment buildings in the Cockburn Central TOD precinct, and on urban infill developments at Perry Lakes, Leighton and Jolimont. He also worked on the Heirloom apartments adaptive re-use in Fremantle. Ivan has an excellent level of technical proficiency and plays an active role in Cameron Chisholm Nicol’s Revit Users’ Group, setting office standards and protocols. His communication skills and collaborative approach are underpinned by extensive on-site contract administration experience and a comprehensive knowledge of construction methodologies.
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